Roeland Park man, JCCC student files for community college board of trustees

Roesel_Chris_JCCCChris Roesel, a Roeland Park resident and Johnson County Community College student, has entered the race for the JCCC Board of Trustees.

Four of the seven seats on the board are up for election this fall. So far, incumbents Lee Cross, Jr., of northern Overland Park, Jerry Cook, and Henry Sandate have filed for reelection. Another candidate, Paul Snider of Lenexa, has entered the race as well. Voters will be asked to cast votes for four or fewer candidates for the seats in the November election.

Roesel has studied at JCCC the past four semesters, during which time he has served as a student senator.

“My goals are to improve education and ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff,” Roesel wrote. “I will ensure the Board 1) knows what students feel they need and want and responds to it, 2) is responsive to professor needs and input, and 3) includes employers and employment possibilities in designing courses and internships.”

Roesel holds a bachelor’s degree from the The University of Georgia, and several advanced degrees, including a master of science degree in nutrition from Georgia, and a master of public health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, according to his LinkedIn profile. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the mid-1970s, and went on to do development work in Asia and Africa. He has been studying journalism among other subjects while at JCCC.